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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets


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5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
Fax: 402-453-9448
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Hours

General Crook House
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.

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Phone: 402-455-9990
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Library Archives
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays by Appointment

Phone: 402-455-9990
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October 19, 2014, Guild Antique Attic
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Firefighters' Union Hall
60th and Grover

October 28, 2014, Page From Our Past
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Library Archives Center

October’s Page from Our Past features author Sister Kay O'Brien and her books Our Journey Together, Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1929-1959 and Home is Our Journey, Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1960-2008. These books provides insight into the history of the Sisters of Mercy in Omaha.

Story-telling is a wonderful gift which ensures continuity in human experience and transfers energy from one generation to the next. Kathleen O'Brien, a consummate story-teller, understands that facts and events are not the key of history well-written, but rather personalities and motivations.

In her two-volume work - Our Journey Together and Home Is Our Journey - she uses the metaphor of travel to create a sense of movement and discovery, of destinations and detours, of known and unknown terrains. Throughout Our Journey Together the reader is aware that "fear salted [these] new adventures, [yet] the spice of excitement proved more pungent." (Chapter Two).

Our Journey Together and Home is Our Journey are written for Sisters of Mercy and their colleagues; but these works are also written for all who delight in the manner in which ordinary travelers occasionally rise to extraordinary choices and thus change life for all those who follow in their path. In other words, these works are written for all who delight in history well-told. -Helen Marie Burns, RSM, co-author, Praying with Catherine McAuley

Cost to participate in these discussions is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and seating will be limited to 20 participants. To register, email members@douglascohistory.org or call 402-455-9990, ext. 101.

November 11, 2014, Page From Our Past
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Library Archives Center

Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) will feature Nebraska author Barbara Eymann Mohrman's book Four Blue Stars in the Window: One Family's Story of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the Duty of a Generation at our November 11th Page from Our Past author event taking place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the DCHS Library Archives Center. The program focuses on history-based authors, both of fiction and non-fiction, and is held the fourth Tuesday of each month in the evening. A Page from Our Past is a casual and intimate roundtable discussion, where the audience has the opportunity to get up close and personal with the authors. Each program concludes with a book signing and time to meet one-on-one with the featured author.

Barbara is a lifelong educator who has taught Spanish and English as a Second Language. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University where Nebraska Poet Laureate William Kloefkorn was her teacher. She received a master's degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. A doting grandmother and avid reader, she lives in her home state of Nebraska.

Four Blue Stars in the Window is the gritty story of hard-scrabble life in rural Oakdale, Nebraska (population 851) starting in the heyday of the 1920s along the banks of the meandering Elkhorn River. Chris Eymann, a newly arrived Swiss immigrant, and his wife, Hattie Mae, raised ten children on the Dust Bowl-ravaged plains during the 1930s in the depths of the Great Depression. Their greatest sacrifice came when they sent four young sons off to war in the South Pacific and Europe. The mother's flag with its four blue stars proudly displayed the family's precious contribution to the war effort. The story traces in detail and vintage photos their anguish, danger, and their everlasting hope.

This book is currently available in our bookstore located in the General Crook House Museum. Participants who have registered to take part in the program receive a 5% discount off of the retail price of the book! Get your copy today!

Cost to participate in these discussions is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and seating will be limited to 20 participants. To register, email members@douglascohistory.org or call 402-455-9990, ext. 101.

November 20 - 22, 2014
Save the Date for A Tale of Two Dickens
Call 402-455-9990 for more information

This presentation is a benefit for the Douglas County Historical Society

General Crook House Museum, 30th & Fort St.

Dining - Cocktails & hors d' oeuvres served
Price - $75.00

Event - The Signalman, November 20th, 2014 at 6:00pm
Event - Nicholas Nickleby, November 21st, 2014 at 6:00pm
Event - Dr. Marigold, November 22nd, 2014 at 6:00pm

General Crook House Museum
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Field Club of Omaha, 36th & Woolworth Ave.

Event - Doctor Marigold, November 21st, 2014
- Dessert & Tea from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
- Performance at 3:00pm
Price - $37 for Members; $40 for Non-Members

Field Club - 'Doctor Marigold'
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Event - A Christmas Carol, November 22nd, 2014 at 1:00pm
Price - $20 for Members; $25 for Non-Members

Field Club - 'A Christmas Carol'
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